On Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Yonkers, the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union will hold its Annual Meeting, which will feature a public forum, “Voter Suppression: Current Efforts to Disenfranchise Citizens.”
NYCLU staff and board members will present an overview of the history of voting rights legislation, current state initiatives to suppress voting rights, and the impact of these initiatives on our daily lives.
In 2011, voter suppression measures were introduced in more than 30 state legislatures, and 16 states enacted laws that created more barriers to voting. This legislation includes requiring government-issued photo ID at the polls, limiting early voting periods, permanently disenfranchising people with felony convictions, imposing burdensome regulations on organizations that conduct voter registration drives, eliminating Election Day registration and requiring documentary proof of citizenship when registering to vote.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Nepperhan Community Center, 342 Warburton Ave.
The public forum will follow a brief business meeting to elect members to the chapter's Board of Directors.